Whether you plan to spend a lifetime working backstage or onstage, internships are a proven way to get you started in the career you’ve always dreamed of. Here are five reasons why internships can help your performing arts career:
1. You’ll Get Opportunities to Network
Many times, it’s not about what you know, but more about who you know. An internship is a great way to start networking with industry professionals and build a connection with the creatives who could hire you for a job in the future. You couldn’t ask for a better situation for those in the business to easily get to know your personality, work ethics and talents.
2. They Put the ‘In’ in ‘Internship’
With an internship, you are basically gaining entry into the place where you are working, which could very easily open the door for other dream opportunities with them in the future. Just make sure to work hard and always put your best foot forward to create a positive impression that will last a lifetime.
3. You’ll Learn the Basics
Through an internship, you can find out whether you have what it takes as you get to know the basics of your chosen performing arts field. This will act as your foundation and stepping stone for the jobs you’ll apply for in the future that will ultimately require larger skill sets and more responsibility.
4. You Can Find Out Whether It’s Something You Really Want to Do
Sometimes you may be uncertain whether you want to pursue a career in the performing arts field and/or which parts you want to spend a lifetime in. Perhaps you may even want to do a bit of everything. Internships are a great way to explore your options, whether you want to be onstage, backstage or somewhere in between.
5. You’ll Find a Support System
In a career path that is uncertain and can have many ups and downs, those you meet in the trenches of your internships may possibly become your friends and support system for years to come. They will be there to hold your hand, guide you and lift you up during your journey in show business.